Rock carvings at Tanumshede are definitely a must-see if you are in the area. A few km walk in the wood there reveals rocks with ancient carvings representing various aspects of people's lives, animals, boats and many more. A fascinating insight into the life of people from the Bronze Age (1800 to 500 BC.)The carvings are painted red to make them clearer. After the walk you can visit the museum to read more about them and see the exhibition, including a reconstruction of a farm from that time.
Museum open daily April - September 10.00-18.00
Admission: adults - 50 SEK
OAPs, students - 40 SEK
children and teenagers - free
Grebbestad is very pretty, with its colourful little houses and the omnipresent harbour squeezed in between the rocky coast and the islands protecting the Swedish coast from the stormy Sound of Skagerrak. Walk along the harbour and the marina - the moored yachts and boats, which swung in the strong wind as a storm was approaching when we were there, make a really charming picture.
Good place to go for drinks.. during European Soccer season, seating is difficult to find, so be sure to be there early. Always a good mix of people there, especially Norwegian and Danish businessmen, in addition to local Swedes, and visiting American students, such as myself.
The best way to get to Grebbestad is by car or bike. Parking is difficult in summer months, as there is only one road, very narrow at places. But, if you arrive out of the season, as we did, there is plenty of space on the car park by the harbour and parking is free. You must remember that in Sweden the second fortnight in August is already past the season time, as school starts around 15 August.
We had already found accommodation near Grebbestad: I had searched the Internet for it still in Warsaw. But we didn't like the horrible cabins like dog kennels we saw there so we went to the Tourist Information Centre at Grebbestad to ask if there was anything better available. I asked for inexpensive accommodation. In reply, we were offered a room at a hostel (!) at over SEK 500 per person per night, more than a hotel room in any other part of Sweden. The assistant at the centre apparently had not heard of anything cheaper nearby, even though there were still many cabins free on our campsite. I told her ironically to look in the Internet and we left.
Unique Suggestions: Don't always trust Tourist Information Centres, they probably get their share to promote some businesses. Search the Internet and then you will be telling the prices to the campsite owners - they too somehow often forget they have some cheaper cabins.
By the way, those small kennel-like cabins can only be encountered in that part of Sweden. In other regions, we found comfortable, beautifully situated little cottages, ideal for a short stay.